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    dkirschner's Thirty Flights of Loving (PC)

    [September 8, 2013 08:25:51 AM]
    Next installation of the...what do they call it...Citizen Abel (?) series. Definitely enjoyed this more than Gravity Bone. My first playthrough was good, but the second with the developer commentary made me appreciate it a lot more. Your character is part of a team of thieves (if I understand the story correctly), sort of like an Ocean's 11, except there are 3 or 4 of you. The story is told in asynchronous chunks, "told" being a loose word because there is no dialogue. The game tells the story through the environment, through how it leads you to interact with objects. I don't remember what the team stole, but there was a wedding party where the guests all floated into the air while dancing. I'm not sure what this meant, but I think it's a result of your character and one other getting drunk at the table. You and that character later go home together, and when you wake up, you can casually peel oranges and toss the skin out the window. I remember the dev commentary saying that the basketful of oranges was supposed to convey the characters' comfort around one another, that the other character there doesn't mind if you just pick up her oranges and peel them. I thought peeling oranges after seeing some of the more exciting parts of the story was calming.

    Another part I remember well, and that it shows you several times, is after something unexpected happens and the camera opens with you facing one of your team, who is bloody and pointing a gun in your direction (or at you?). You're hurt because you move slowly. Go to the door and another teammate is laying there bleeding in front of the door. That part is repeated several times. Then you pick up the bleeding guy, put him in a wheelchair, and roll him through an airport. I don't know if anyone ever got on a plane. The game conveys a lot of emotion and feeling through these types of scenes. I'm not entirely sure what happened in the game even after playing it twice, but I like the questions, and I appreciate the style that left them open.
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    dkirschner's Thirty Flights of Loving (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Sunday 25 August, 2013

    GameLog closed on: Sunday 25 August, 2013

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Hopefully more interesting than Gravity Bone ---------- It was, whew. Enjoyed the style and the asynchronous storytelling.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstarstar

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